Date posted : July 18. 2016
Last week several spy shots of a heavily camouflaged test mule were captured on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, a car that looks like the Lamborghini Huracan but with a rather aggressive looking aerodynamic kit, inspired by the Aventador Superveloce while retaining a very unique identity, especially when it comes to the position of the exhaust pipes.
Rumor is we are looking at the lightweight, street legal race version of the Lamborghini V10 model, the Huracán Superleggera ... more power and less weight for a car that already is very, very fast in standard trim when she has 610 hp and all-wheel drive ... but will the Superleggera come with AWD too?
When you look closely at the test mule you will notice the section under the taillights is taken from the Huracán LP580-2 version, and that is a rear-wheel drive only model, so perhaps the Superleggera will come in RWD too ... which would really make it a street legal Super Trofeo race car as that one is an LP620-2, hence RWD.
The next question is weight loss, usually a Superleggera or a Superveloce version is lighter compared to the regular production model ... about 100 kg is lost by using a lot more carbon fiber than normal. So the Huracán Superleggera will most likely feature full carbon fiber door panels with only a strap to pull and close them, also the carbon fiber sports seats will be used with possibly an option to go for 'comfort seats' while several parts of the body will be made lighter so the overall 'dry weight' will be at least 100kg less than the normal Huracán LP580-2.
This brings us to probably the most important question ... what about power? With the Gallardo the power increase between the regular model and the Superleggera was only 10 hp, will Lamborghini continue this evolution with the Huracán and give us an LP590-2 or an LP620-2 ... who knows?
The problem is the competition has become rather fierce on the market, think about the McLaren 675LT with 675hp or the Ferrari 488 GTB with 660hp ... so how much power should Lamborghini unleash for the V10 Superleggera? Rumor has it we'll be looking at anything between 620 and 650 hp, do keep in mind we're still talking about a naturally aspirated V10 engine, no turbocharger or supercharger, and no additional hybrid engine power.
When looking at the Gallardo Superleggera again you'll notice there is a restriction on the exterior shades that are available for the lightweight model, on the Huracan that would mean a color list like this: Verde Mantis, Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Nero Noctis and Bianco Monocerus, most likely Rosso Mars would be added and perhaps the special Blu LeMans shade as seen on the Huracán Spyder.
As the Aventador Superveloce comes with a black Lamborghini script at the rear I think the Huracan Superleggera might go down the same route, it does look really nice on the lighter shades, but on a black car I'm not sure it is the best choice.
When Lamborghini will unveil the Huracán Superleggera hasn't been officially announced, but chances are we will have to wait until the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, with dealer demonstrators shortly after that and customer deliveries toward the Summer of 2017 ... about a year from now.
Just imagine a Lamborghini Huracán Spyder with the Superleggera evolution, we've seen that before on the Gallardo too, and it was called the Performante ... would be great if Lamborghini would also create a Huracán Performante shortly after unveiling the Superleggera.
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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